CHICAGO (Nov. 8, 2010) For two weeks, vascular surgeon Roger Shinnerl, MD, of Newburg, IN, volunteered to treat wounded American soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq at the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany.
“It was my great privilege and pleasure to serve as the Society for Vascular Surgery Red Cross Volunteer for the past two weeks in Landstuhl, Germany,” said Dr. Shinnerl. “The experience was both personally and professionally rewarding. I was given the opportunity to assist those who care for our most-severely injured soldiers. I not only learned of newer life- and limb-saving techniques but also witnessed first-hand the heavy sacrifices being made daily by American sons and daughters in the armed forces. I have no personal military background but my recent experience and interactions with those who dedicate themselves to caring for our wounded countrymen have inspired me to commit to further service.”
From Oct. 10 -24, 2010, Shinnerl volunteered at LRMC - the largest American hospital outside the United States. Since 2004, 66,000 military personnel have been treated at LRMC. Since Sept. 2007, 64 Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) members have volunteered to supplement the limited number of vascular surgeons at the medical center. The SVS surgeons work as American Red Cross volunteers.
“Speaking on behalf of SVS leadership and all of its members, we are extremely proud of the vascular surgeons who donate their time to help treat war injuries,” said 2010-2011 SVS President Dr. Robert Zwolak of New Hampshire.
“Vascular surgeons repair damaged arteries and veins through traditional open surgical techniques. Our member volunteers are determining the value of endovascular methods in these most challenging and difficult cases."
The inclusion of civilian SVS members at LRMC began in 2007. SVS member and retired U.S. Army Col. David Gillespie of the Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General and professor of surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., asked Society members to share their medical expertise as volunteer surgeons at LRMC. Immediately, SVS members responded to support the troops. Currently, there is a waiting list for SVS surgeons who are willing to volunteer at LRMC during 2011.
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